1981-1990

Hsiao-Hsien Hou – Lian lian feng chen aka Dust in the wind (1986)

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Dust in the Wind is a remarkable film, and one which will, no doubt, reward multiple viewings. Like most of the films of Hou Hsiao Hsien, viewers will be divided into two, sharply opposed camps.

The main characters in the film are two high-school students. The first is Wan, who – seeing his village as a dead-end career-wise, decides to leave their home town to go to Taipei to find work, intending to complete his education via night-school. His girlfriend Huen also leaves for Taipei after graduation. The other personages are family members, employers, friends and co-workers. Read More »

Zhuangzhuang Tian – Lie chang zha sha AKA On The Hunting Ground (1984)

Tian Zhuangzhuang is perhaps the best known of [the Fifth Generation] for reviving and revitalizing a staple of the Chinese film industry — the “national minority” genre. Made to celebrate the solidarity of the Chinese people under the Communist regime, these films, often made by studios based in the minority areas themselves, showcased the songs, dances, customs, and patriotism of the non-Han community. Stories of liberation, they usually contrast the “backwardness” of traditional life before the Revolution with the benefits of Chinese Communist rule. Read More »

João Canijo – Filha da Mãe AKA Lovely Child [+ Extras] (1990)

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The bitch is called Maria and she is a sweet child. She has no father and does not like her mother. She has a boyfriend who is a bandit who would like to change his class.

There are two more bandits: a very tall singer and a guy from Oporto who is a very short and a full of life’s experiences. Neither of these two do much thinking, one even less than the other. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Mémoire des apparences AKA Life is a dream (1986)

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Memoire des Apparences is a highly unconventional, metafictional adaptation of Calderon de la Barca’s play Life is a Dream. Director Raul Ruiz combines the 17th-century Spanish drama, about a man raised in a prison who discovers he is his country’s rightful prince, with a modern-day story of Chilean political intrigue. During the violent, anti-Allende coup of the early 1970s, literature professor Ignaccio Vega is entrusted with memorizing a list of 15,000 resistance members. Read More »

Ron Mann – Imagine the Sound (1981)

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This award-winning film is an art exposition brought to life. In paying tribute to the seveteran jazz pioneers, it adds an important chapter to the history of the jazz documentary and Paul Bley. Called the “The jazz film” by Canada’s The Globe and Mail and compared to The Last Waltz, Imagine the Sound is an exuberant profile of four legendary figures associated with the jazz avant-garde of the sixties–Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon Read More »

John Carpenter – The Thing [+Extras] (1982)

Synopsis
Based on both the short story by John W. Campbell, Jr. and the 1951 film produced by Howard Hawks, THE THING is John Carpenter’s stunning masterpiece of horror. A group of weary scientists enduring the winter in an isolated camp deep in Antarctica chance upon an alien spacecraft buried in the ice. Near the strange craft is the body of an alien being, frozen solid. Thinking they have made the find of a lifetime, the scientists bring the alien body back to camp and thaw it out. The alien awakens, not in the best of moods, and proceeds to take over the identities of the scientists, one by one, body and all. Helicopter pilot MacCready (Kurt Russell) must lead the surviving men in discovering who among them is human and who is not and how they can destroy “the thing” before it takes them all and moves on to the heavily populated mainland and the rest of humanity. Read More »

Sondra Locke – Impulse (1990)

Plot Synopsis from Allmovie:
Actress Sondra Locke directed this visceral film noir about undercover cop Lottie Mason (Theresa Russell). A narcotics cop with the LAPD, she works a second shift at night as an undercover vice cop. Lottie works the bars and lures johns into the arms of the law. But her life is in a rut, and she would love to act on impulse like the narcotics and vice personas she adopts daily on the job. During the course of her duties, she begins a romantic relationship with district attorney Stan Harris (Jeff Fahey), who gets her involved with a case he is working on against a drug lord. Read More »